One weekend, three productions!

The last weekend in April proved to be a huge one for my little plays! I had three plays happening in three separate productions, two of which I was directing!

Fallout

My newest play Fallout appeared in the “All Stars” line up of Short+Sweet Canberra on 26 and 27 of April.

Although I was only able to make one of the performances, my play was in great hands. Jess Waterhouse, Brendan Kelly, Kirsty Budding, and Dec Hastings were terrific in bringing this rather absurd little play to life and giving the audience a good laugh.

I am delighted to report that Fallout tied for Judges Choice and was outright winner of the People’s Choice. It will now be performed in the Short+Sweet Canberra 2019 Gala Final on Saturday 4 May!

Tickets are available via Canberra Theatre.

The Hold Up

My play The Hold Up competed in the Short+Sweet Sydney Gala Final on 27 and 28 April. After winning the Judges Choice in Week 6 of the competition (and drawing for first in the People’s Choice), we were lucky enough to be invited back for two more performances in front of sold-out crowds.

Unfortunately, we missed out on winning any major awards, but we still put on a damn good show! The final night was full of great plays, many of which could have easily taken out the top prizes. My personal faves were True To You by Nicky Denovan and Riding the Clutch by Sally Bartley.

Many many thanks to my amazing actors Michael Ubrihien, Philip Meddows and Peter Fock. It was a big weekend full of driving, attempted sleep, late night burgers, sickness, Avengers and theatre – sometimes all at the same time! Despite this, they lit up the stage every time. Couldn’t be prouder of how this play turned out.

Can’t wait to work with these guys again soon.

Stargazers

My quirky romantic comedy Stargazers was included in the Stage It! 10 Minute Play Festival in Bonita Springs (Florida) on 26, 27 and 28 April. The play starred father and son team Michael DC as (Dr Ludwig) and Michael Cherbini (as Danny), as well as the talented Skyler Moore as Becky.

Although I didn’t have a lot of contact with this particular production, I did get a nice update from the festival organisers and some of the cast letting me know that it went well and that everyone had a great time putting it together.

As a bonus, Stargazers was also published in their annual anthology, Stage It! 3: Twenty 10-Minute Plays. Grab a copy on Amazon today!

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The Hold Up into Short+Sweet Sydney Gala Final

Super stoked that my short play The Hold Up has won the Judges Choice for Week 6 of Short+Sweet Sydney 2019. We were also co-winners for the People’s Choice vote too!

The cast of The Hold Up (Michael Ubrihien, Philip Meddows and Peter Fock)

As a result, we have been granted direct entry into the Gala Final event happening on 27 April at 7.30pm and 28 April at 6.00pm at the Tom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills.

I’ve had a few plays in Short+Sweet Sydney before, but this is the first time I have taken a Canberra cast to the event, or taken on the role of director.

I’ve also been told that Canberra productions taking part in Short+Sweet Sydney have traditionally found it hard to win over the big city crowds, so I was more than a little nervous about how it would all turn out.

Luckily, my stellar cast of Peter Fock, Michael Ubrihien, and Philip Meddows brought the goods. They were charming, funny, and utterly unflappable in the face of a new stage, new crowd and a few minor technical difficulties along the way.

In fact, they were so good that one reviewer wrote that the play was a:

Quick-fire comedy with so many memorable and just very wrong one-liners, provided huge laughter frenzy all in under ten minutes.

Lynn Belvedere, Sydney Arts Guide

Can’t wait to take this play out for one more spin. Sydney, we’ll be back!


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Holding up Short+Sweet Sydney 2019

After taking out Best Production, People’s Choice, Best Script, and Best Actor (for Peter Fock) at Short+Sweet Canberra 2018, my short play The Hold Up has been invited to take part in Short+Sweet Sydney 2019.

Michael Ubrihien, Peter Fock and Philip Meddows rehearse The Hold Up.

I’ll be returning to the director’s chair along with original cast members Michael Ubrihien and Peter Fock.

Cameron Thomas couldn’t come back as our robber (Shakespeare was calling) but luckily the fabulously talented Philip Meddows has agreed to step into the role.

So far rehearsals have been a blast. I have no doubt these cool cats are going to light up the big city stage!

The Hold Up is in Week 6 of Short+Sweet Sydney from 14 – 17 March at the Tom Mann Theatre (Surrey Hills). Tickets are available at Ticket Tailor.

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Holding Up Short+Sweet Canberra 2018

Greg Gould, Michael Ubrihien, Cameron Thomas and Peter Fock – Winners at Short+Sweet Canberra 2018

I’m a bit late posting, but my newest short play The Hold Up recently took part in Short+Sweet Canberra 2018 (from 17 – 28 April 2018).

We had a fantastic run! Not only did we take out Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Choice for Week One, we also took out a swag of awards at the Gala Final!

They included:

  • Best Production: The Hold Up
  • People’s Choice: The Hold Up
  • Best Script: Greg Gould
  • Best Actor: Peter Fock

Overall it was a great festival. Very well organised and a lot of fun to be part of. There were also a bunch of other plays on show that were fantastic. My faves included “Miss”, “A Letter to Harold”, “Wannabe”, “One Night Stan”, “Drink Water” and “Still Life”. All well written. All well acted.

The Hold Up at Short+Sweet Canberra 2018

I don’t usually like directing my own writing (or any writing really), but I had a great time working with my fantastic cast.

Michael Ubrihien, Peter Fock and Cameron Thomas were amazing.

I was confident the script was solid, but these guys really took it to a whole other level. The way they managed to bring these characters to life with such energy and empathy was brilliant.

They were also utterly hilarious! Loved hearing the audience bellow with laughter.  Also loved hearing them chortle with anticipation for all the pre-seeded gags. It really warms a writer’s heart!

I’m told that The Hold Up now also qualifies for Short+Sweet Sydney in early 2019. Still feels like a long way away, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it plays in the big smoke!

Full results for Short+Sweet Canberra 2018 can be found on their Facebook page.

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The Disappearing Keys

And here it is (a little late, but here all the same)! My second short film, “The Disappearing Keys”, starring John Lombard and Michael Ubrihien. Camera work by Fil Meddows and Jason Macqueen. Amazingly, it was an official selection for the 2017 Canberra Short Film Festival!

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Two Minutes of Movie Magic

A couple of months back some friends and I made a silly but fun two-minute short film/skit. It’s called “The Disappearing Keys” and will be screening on Friday 15th September at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre as part of the Canberra Short Film Festival!

John Lombard as my leading man … and magician

Michael Ubrihien as the villainous thug

Jason Macqueen on the camera and me “directing” …

Big thanks to John Lombard, Michael Ubrihien, Fil Meddows, Jason Macqueen, and Uncle Pete for helping me put it together. I’m still a novice at this filmmaking stuff, but I’m having a blast learning!

Tickets for the festival are available at the Canberra Short Film Festival website.

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